My Five Favorite Recipes from The Great British Baking Show (2024)

There is nothing more soothing than the intro music for The Great British Baking Show. I am instantly in a great mood when the tune begins and signals the start of my favorite show. It is my love for The Great British Baking Show that got me back into baking over the last few years.

I started with simple recipes to get into the swing of things, but I have finally started to bake my way through the iconic bakes made in the tent! I’ve always drooled over the bakes created in the tent and wanted to try my hand at making them at home. So, now that I have a bit more baking experience under my belt, I have done just that.

I thought it would be a great idea to share my five favorite recipes and some tips for success I learned along the way. If you’re interested in learning how to achieve these famous bakes from the comfort of your own home with the help of American ingredient alternatives, then you’ll find that info below.

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Recipe Walkthrough

I chose the five following recipes for a few reasons. This first reason I chose a recipe would be the flavors, because, as you can tell, I am a sucker for chocolate. And if I am going to spend hours baking, I would like to thoroughly enjoy the fruits of my labor. So, yes, there are mostly chocolate options here.

The second determining factor for these recipes, was based on the skills I was able to learn. You’ll see that a lot of these recipes feature caramel. This is because I have always wanted to learn how to successfully make caramel. For the most part, it was much easier than I thought!

Each of these recipes were able to help me learn some new skills and hone my current ones in the kitchen. Now I feel much more confident in judging what various cake batters should look like and when a sponge is fully cooked. I still have a lot to learn, but these recipes taught me a lot about baking.

You’ll notice a few foreign ingredients in each of these recipes that are not available here in the US. There were a few that I had never heard of, but luckily for you, I found all of the alternatives that can be found here in the States.

Recipe 1: Liam Charles’s Mega-Choccy Stack

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While this recipe looks fairly fancy, it’s actually pretty simple. It’s brownies, layered with chocolate pudding, and topped with whipped cream. Each layer is made from scratch and more delicious than the last. I think this might be my favorite bake out of the whole lot, if we’re being honest!

I imagine that you could recreate this via boxed brownies layered with pre-made pudding and whipped cream. However, I do believe that it is worth the extra effort of making each layer from scratch. The result is a decadent and rich dessert that will wow you and anyone you share it with.

Ingredient Alternatives:

  • Vanilla Paste = Vanilla Extract
  • Caster Sugar = Sugar blitzed in a food processor or blender
  • Plain Flour = All-Purpose Flour
  • Cornflour = Corn starch
  • Double Cream = Heavy Cream

Recipe 2: Liam’s Salted Peanut Millionaire’s Shortbread

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The first thing that I learned making this dessert, is the value of patience. I had never made a shortbread before this and was quite panicked while making the dough. When all the dough ingredients are mixed together, they still resemble a flour like texture that looks nothing like a dough. However, after kneading the dough as instructed, it did all come together.

The secret is to gently work and press the flour-like dough together until some of the butter starts to melt in the mixture and the consistency becomes a real dough. When I first started the recipe, I did not trust that it would all come together and almost started over because I thought I did something wrong. My husband reminded me to be patient and it paid off!

You will also need lots of patience to make the peanut butter caramel layer. After all, the secret to making caramel is patience. It takes a while for the sugar to caramelize to the right color, but once it happens it happens fast! I managed to burn my first batch of caramel, but it taught me what color is should be looking for and how quickly things change at the end.

Ingredient Alternatives:

  • Plain Flour = All-Purpose Flour
  • Caster Sugar = Sugar blitzed in a food processor or blender
  • Vanilla Bean Paste = Vanilla Extract
  • Double Cream = Heavy Whipping Cream

Recipe 3: Priya’s Banana & Chocolate Cake

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This recipe was probably the most simple one out of the whole batch listed here. All you have to do is whip up the batter and make a quick caramel to drizzle on top.

Since I had already made caramel for a previous recipe, I felt confident going into this recipe. I was so pleased to only have to make the caramel one time! It confirmed that my goal to pick up some skills baking my way through these recipes is achievable.

If I were to change anything that I did while making this recipe, it would be to use a more ornate baking tin. The bundt tin that I used is pretty plain, which helps with getting the cake out of the pan easily, but does not look as pretty as a more ornate shaped tin would make it.

Ingredient Alternatives:

  • Natural Yogurt = I used plain Greek Yogurt
  • Plain Flour = All-Purpose Flour
  • Caster Sugar = Sugar blitzed in a food processor or blender
  • Double Cream = Heavy Whipping Cream

Recipe 4: Paul Hollywood’s Devil’s Food Cake

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I’ve always been a big sucker for anything chocolate, which is why I had to make this Devil’s Food Chocolate cake. It is everything that a spectacular chocolate cake should be: moist, fluffy, and rich. It’s a relatively simple recipe, with only a few things to look out for.

My favorite part of this recipe is the fudge frosting. It’s one of the easiest fudge frosting recipes I have ever made. All you have to do is melt butter and heavy cream together before pouring over chocolate chips to melt. Which is a walk in the park, compared to the other recipes that I have made that require tempering chocolate and food thermometers.

The tricky part of this recipe is at the tail end of the cake portion of the recipe. Before the batter is complete and ready to be poured into the baking tins, you’ll have to fold in a chocolate liquid into the batter. I made the mistake of not mixing enough and leaving some lumps in the batter. This resulted in a few vanilla spots of batter visible throughout the chocolate sponges.

Ultimately, it did not change the flavor of the cake but it was very visible. So, learn from my mistakes and take more time to gently fold the liquid chocolate into the batter until it is completely incorporated!

Ingredient Alternatives:

  • Double Cream = Heavy Whipping Cream
  • Vanilla Pasta = Vanilla Extract
  • Caster Sugar = Heavy Whipping Cream

Recipe 5: Kate’s Sticky Toffee Apple Caramel Cake

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This cake earned Kate the coveted Star Baker on the episode that she made it. Prue even asked for the recipe! So, I just knew I had to try my hand at it. Overall it went well, but there were a few things I learned with this recipe.

I made this mistake of making this cake into a two layer cake instead of a three layer cake, as directed in the recipe. Lazily, I chose to make two layers instead of three because I only have two identical 9-inch cake pans and did not want to make the sponges in multiple stages.

I thought that I was being clever, however, it turns out that three layers are better for the frosting to sponge ratios. It allows for thinner layers of the sponge to be stacked with an additional layer of frosting. This prevents the cake from tasting like overly thick layers of dry sponge.

I also had to make caramel for this recipe, as well. I thought I had the art of caramel making down by the time that I made this, but I was instantly humbled. It took me five tries to get the caramel right. However, each failed attempt taught me something new and I am much more confident in my caramel making skills now.

Ingredient Alternatives:

  • Cloudy Apple Juice = Organic Apple Juice
  • Muscovado Sugar = Light Brown Sugar
  • Golden Caster Sugar = Light Brown Sugar, blitzed in a food processor or blender
  • Double Cream = Heavy Cream
  • Bramley Apples = Granny Smith Apples

And there you have it! Five incredible recipes from some of my favorite contestants on the show. It was definitely a learning curve making each of these recipes. I’ve always known that the bakers are extremely talented, but I have so much respect for them for being able to complete these recipes in that tent.

Have you made any recipes from the show? If so let me know down in the comments below. Or feel free to let me know what recipe from the show you would like to see me make next!

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Has anyone become famous from the Great British baking show? ›

Nadiya Hussain

Nadiya won back in 2015 and has since gone on to host her own TV shows, has a monthly column in The Times and even created Queen Elizabeth II's 90th birthday cake. With an expected net worth of over £3 million, she has released six books since winning The Great British Bake Off.

What happens to the food after the Great British baking show? ›

You will be happy to know that the goodies do not go to waste, as the leftover baked goods are shared between the crew and the bakers themselves.

Do Bake Off contestants get paid? ›

Do the contestants on The Great British Bake Off get paid? The answer to that is simply no - in fact, some are even left out of pocket for being on the show. Contestants have to pay for their own ingredients to practise at home, which can work out quite expensive.

Why did Tasha stop talking Bake Off? ›

Tasha has decided to sign instead of talking while explaining her recipe, as she doesn't know how to pronounce so many of the words. Credit where it is due. I love how accommodating Bake Off and Channel 4 has made it for Tasha, without making it a big deal at all.

Who is the most successful Great British Bake Off winner? ›

1st place: Nadiya Hussain has been crowned the most successful contestant from the UK's TV cooking and baking shows.

Who is the richest Bake Off winner? ›

Nadiya Hussain, 38, won GBBO in 2015, and earns the most of all the winners. Boasting over 870K Instagram followers, she earns £3,726.87 for every post she uploads. She has an estimated net worth of £3.7m, according to Heart FM. This is down to her TV shows and cookery books.

Where do the bakers stay during Bake Off? ›

Do They Stay at the House Where the Tent Is Located? No. The contestants stay at a nearby hotel during the weekends and travel to the tent via minibus during competition days before returning home during the week, Quinn told Cosmopolitan. The judges and hosts are put up in a hotel, though a different one.

How long does Great British Bake Off take to film? ›

The show is filmed over a 10-week period between April and June, with contestants spending up to 16 hours a day filming. They manage to package up a whole session of baking into one hour, which means that a lot of it ends up on the cutting room floor.

Why do they wear the same clothes on British baking show? ›

The Great British Bake Off is usually filmed over the course of two days per episode, because of this, producers are very strict on having contestants wear the exact same clothes to avoid any mishaps with continuity and to make it easier to edit together.

What does Noel get paid for Bake Off? ›

It was previously reported that Noel makes around £200,000 per series of Bake Off, according to The Sun. Meanwhile, Alison is no stranger to the programme as she took part in Celebrity Great British Bake Off which helps to raise money for Stand Up to Cancer.

How much does Prue get paid for Bake Off? ›

How much does Prue Leith get paid for The Great British Bake Off? Dame Prue keeps her salary hidden, however, when she first joined in 2017, her contract reported suggested £200,000 a season.

Do Bake Off contestants wear their own clothes? ›

Bakers on "The Great British Baking Show" wear the same clothes for multiple days of filming. Speaking to Insider, contestants described the experience as "stinky" and "very dirty." Some bakers bought duplicate outfits or tried to wash their clothes in a bathtub.

Why did Noel leave baking show? ›

He explained that it had become too much of a struggle juggling his various TV commitments. “Farewell Bake Off!” he wrote in a statement. “It's been a delicious experience and I can't imagine a more fun way of spending my summers.

Is Tasha actually deaf Bake Off? ›

Whisking Up Awareness: The Influence of the Great British Bake Off's First Deaf Contestant. The Great British Bake Off made history this year when they welcomed their first-ever deaf contestant, Tasha Stones.

How did Tasha go deaf? ›

The reality TV star was born deaf and until being given hearing aids at the age of five, she had only been able to use British Sign Language. The model and dancer regularly shares videos about her daily life, which she shares with her Love Island co-star and boyfriend of over 19 months, Andrew Le Page.

Who are the most successful Great British baking show? ›

Nadiya Hussain is arguably the most recognisable name and successful contestant to have appeared on The Great British Bake Off. She has made herself a hugely successful brand, and is thought to have a net worth of approximately £3.7 million.

Has anyone won Great British baking show without being Star Baker? ›

The series was won by David Atherton, who became the first winner never to have won the Star Baker title since it was introduced. Alice Fevronia and Steph Blackwell finished as runners-up.

Has anyone gotten married from The Great British Baking Show? ›

Paul Hollywood, 57, met his wife Melissa Spalding, 39, in 2020 at the Chequers Inn, where she was the landlady. They got married in the Ayia Athanasia chapel in Cyprus in September 2023 before hosting a reception at the nearby luxury hotel, Anassa Hotel.

Do the contestants on The Great British Baking Show go home? ›

The contestants stay at a nearby hotel during the weekends and travel to the tent via minibus during competition days before returning home during the week, Quinn told Cosmopolitan.


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